Gujarat: Jignesh Mevani gets six months in jail for protesting

A court in Ahmedabad on Friday sentenced Gujarat Congress’s working president and prominent Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani MLA and 18 others to six months of simple imprisonment in a 2016 case of rioting.

The case was related to a road blockade agitation to name a building in Gujarat University’s law department after Dr B R Ambedkar.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate P N Goswami suspended their sentence till October 17 to enable them to file appeals.

The case was registered against Jignesh Mevani and 19 others at the University police station here in 2016 for staging a road blockade to press their demand that an under-construction building of the law department of Gujarat University is named for Dr B R Ambedkar, the news agency reported.

“Gujarat government released all rapists from jail, garlanded them and said that their conduct was very good. C R Paatil, the Gujarat BJP president, has nearly 108 cases against him but in none of the cases, he had been convicted. But, this is the second case against the agitators who have been sentenced to six months in jail for carrying out a rally demanding a building to be named after Baba Saheb Ambedkar. We welcome the judgement,” Deccan Herald quotes Mevani as saying.